Under the mentorship of Chicago business leaders and UIC campus resources, students work directly with the inventors of technologies to develop their business plans and pitches. Select teams use those plans to compete against other top-ranked universities in local and national business plan competitions judged by venture capitalists, angel investors, and industry partners from around the United States and Canada.
Some teams go on to launch the start-ups they created in the Technology Ventures. Since 2005, five companies have been launched:
- Sanogene Therapeutics, Inc
- OrthoAccel Technologies
- Optimal Vision Corporation
- HeartSounds, Inc
- Pax Neuroscience, Inc
The UIC College of Business Administration and Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies host the annual Concept2Venture Business Plan Competition. For further information regarding C2V, visit: http://c2v.uic.edu.